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This week, I chat with Will Rivera II about his five-year journey through recurrent, unexplained pregnancy loss, male factor infertility and why he and his wife decided to start Fertility in Colour – a platform for women and men of colour who are battling recurrent pregnancy loss.
In the interview we talk about:
- Deciding to start a family and Will’s response to their first loss – a missed miscarriage at 8 weeks – and their four further losses (7:48)
- In the limbo of undiagnosed pregnancy loss and medical testing and struggling to get support from doctors (17:30)
- The challenges black and brown people face relating to infertility and pregnancy loss and learning to advocate for yourself (26:05)
- Male factor infertility and why it’s so hard for men to speak out about this (36:15)
- His experience of grief and why the support men need can differ from the support women need (45:40)
- Why Will and his wife decided to set up their platform, Fertility in Colour (53:35)
You can connect with Will on Instagram @fertilityincolourmen. You can also read his letter to his wife and other mothers on the blog: https://www.fertilityincolour.com/blog.
You can find out more about Fertility in Colour on their website (https://www.fertilityincolour.com/), Instagram (@fertilityincolour), YouTube and Facebook.
In the introduction, I talk about a special project close to my heart and how you can help! Find out more here: https://footprintsonourhearts.com/2020/07/16/get-your-memory-stick/.
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